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A Sprinkle in Time: 11/19/22

A Sprinkle in Time

A Sprinkle in Time by Dana Mentink and Stephanie Nemeth-Parker (Narrator) (2022) is the second Shake Shop mystery. It's Alpenfest and Trinidad Jones is doing lots of business, keeping those yodelers refreshed and recharged with her Freakshakes. But then her Cuban grandpa finds a body in the trunk of his classic Chevy taxi and Trinidad is back to having to solve another murder.

This mystery follows a popular trend, a modern day mystery being tied to a cold case. This time, it's a murder and a missing woman. Tied up in both are some historic trees and an old rail line, now being used as a tourist stop. The dead man had wanted to add a second rail route which would have required taking down the trees.

Most of this mystery, though, hinges on what one particular character observed. This person happens to be a neural divergent child. How she observes the world is related directly back to what holds her interests most. Trinidad has a good relationship with this girl so is over the course of the novel able to get all the pertinent information from her.

There are also other characters who are outright lying. Some are doing it to protect those they love and others to protect their own self interests. Sussing out who is lying for their own benefit vs for the benefit of others is another key to solving this two part mystery.

As I listened to the audiobook, I should mention that Stephanie Nemeth-Parker does an excellent job of bringing the various characters to life. I especially like how she handles Trinidad's grandfather.

Four stars

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